May 31-June 9


This year BFF will run both at a few physical venues and online. The main physical venue, Windmill Studios in Greenpoint (300 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, 11222), will run from May 31 – June 9. Additional screenings will be held at Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg (80 Wythe Ave, 11249) from June 3 – 6. BFF will also be available online via BFF’s website (virtual event) from June 1-9.


159 films will be competing for a total of 30 awards. NOTE: Even the smallest festival film can win the top festival award, The Grand Chameleon.


BFF is an international competitive festival. Films are submitted as and divided into six categories: Feature Narrative (13 programs), Feature Documentary (10 programs), Short Narrative (7 programs), Short Doc (4 Programs), Experimental (3 programs), and Animation (3 programs). Additionally, we will present KidsFilmFest (2 programs). In total, BFF will show 158 films grouped into 42 two-hour programs (including KidsFilmFest, which will play online only this year).


The indoor programs below will be presented at Windmill Studios in Greenpoint from Friday May 31 to Sunday June 9. The schedule is still subject to change.

Windmill Studios: 300 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222.

May 31, Fri: 7:00pm (Opening Night)
June 1, Sat: 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
June 2, Sun: 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
June 3, Mon: 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
June 4, Tue: 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
June 5, Wed: 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
June 6, Thu: 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
June 7, Fri: 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
June 8, Sat: 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
June 9, Sun: 3pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm(Awards Ceremony)


Additional programs will play at Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg on Monday June 3, Tuesday June 4, Wednesday June 5, and Thursday June 6. The programs will start every day at 6, 8, and 10pm.

Wythe Hotel: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn 11249

June 3, Mon: 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
June 4, Tue: 6pm, 8pm
June 5, Wed: 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
June 6, Thu: 6pm, 8pm, 10pm


The price for the Single Program Ticket is $18. The price for a Full Pass (including Opening Night screening and party) is $100. All Theater tickets will be available via our site and at the venues. All tickets and passes purchased online can be picked up at the venue starting one hour before the show. BFF offers discounted tickets to Seniors and Students ($15) at the venue only (cannot be purchased online).


The entire lineup [158 films – 42 programs] will be available for viewing from June 1 through June 9 around the clock (24/7) without interruptions.


BFF’s films online are divided in six categories plus KidsFilmFest. In our Virtual Festival, BFF sells films by category (i.e. 13 Feature Films are priced $45 in total) and not by individual film. Sales are priced without time limit restrictions and regardless the number of visualizations. That means that each (and all) of the (i.e.) 13 feature films can be played as many times as the viewer wants from June 1-9.

KIDS FILM FESTIVAL (online only):

From June 1 through June 9 (non-stop), BFF will present the 20th annual KidsFilmFest (online only). The festival films are unrated and consist of animated shorts, documentaries, and live-action films. Parental guidance is recommended (fee TBA). 


Theater Festival

Opening Night (includes Screening and Party with DJ, Appetizers, and Drinks): $40
Single Program: $18
Discounted Single Program Ticket for Seniors and Students (available at the venues only): $15
Full Festival Pass (42 Programs including Opening Night): $100

Online Festival 

For the online festival, BFF will only sell films by category, not by individual films.
Category prices are as follows:

Full Online Festival Pass (42 Programs – 158 Films – including KidsFilmFest): $100
Online Feature Narrative Category (13 Films): $45
Online Feature Documentary Category (10 Docs): $30
Online Short Narrative Category (7 two-hour Programs): $40
Online Short Documentary Category (4 two-hour Programs): $20
Online Experimental Category (3 two-hour Programs): $20
Online Animation Category (3 two-hour Programs): $20
Online KidsFilmFest Program (online only): $20


BFF awards 30 winners with prizes totaling about $50,000 in cash, film services, and products. All films in the festival are in competition with a few exceptions. To participate to the competition, a film must be at least a NY Premiere. That said, all films, including the non-premieres, can participate in the Audience Award competition. The audience can vote for their favorite films both online and at the venues, where all the festival films are presented. While are still working on the prizes for 2024, check here the 2024 draft Awards & Prizes as a reference.


IMMERSION is the theme of the 27th Brooklyn Film Festival. A theme that reveals the festival intention, and the desire of our selected filmmakers, to tell stories in a vertical fashion. Stories that dive way beyond their own surface to force the audience to consider not only the obvious outcomes and meanings, but also the hidden and secretive ones.

In the extremely complex historical and political moment that we are experiencing, we all need to be told, and possibly understand, the truth of things. BFF believes in the truthful spirit of the indie filmmakers and this year we offer the opportunity of a collective immersion triggered by the film programs, the Q&As at the end of the screenings, the various networking parties, and the infinite chats on social media. We look forward to share with the filmmakers, the media, and the audience our true hopes and inner dreams. Enjoy the Immersion.


To keep up with the festival developments check our Latest News page and the ongoing conversation on our Social Media. 


Organized by the same people who brought to you the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival and the Brooklyn International Film Festival, the 501(c)(3) Brooklyn Film Festival is an organization developed from 24 years of experience. Re-branded in 2010, the new BFF rides an enriched mission.

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BFF accepts paperless entries via FilmFreeway.com from July 1 through March 10 of the following year. For DEADLINES, FAQ, rules, and to submit visit: + SUBMIT A FILM


To provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films.
To draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema.
To encourage the rights of all Brooklyn residents to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking, and to promote artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure.

To promote, foster, stimulate, increase, and advance Brooklyn’s public interest in film through the following means:

  • – To organize, sponsor, and present forums, lectures, and discussions related to the creation of independent films.
  • – To conduct classes and workshops for the development of new filmmakers and the public exhibition of new and existing works.
  • – To partner with like-minded organizations to exhibit new and existing works.

To support arts organizations with compatible missions.
To hold an annual competitive film festival in Brooklyn.